Palaszczuk Government moves to strengthen CCC powers

Published Thursday, 23 March, 2017 at 03:29 PM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice and Minister for Training and Skills
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath has introduced legislation into Parliament to widen the definition of corruption and provide the Crime and Corruption Commission with broader investigative powers.

“This was an important election commitment from the Palaszczuk Government, and it is particularly satisfying to introduce this bill,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Today marks another important day in this government’s commitment to ensuring Queensland has a robust integrity system that serves the people of this state,” Mrs D’Ath said.

The Bill widens the definition of “corrupt conduct” in the Crime and Corruption Act 2001 to capture the conduct of people outside the public sector which impairs, or could impair public confidence in public administration.

“For example, this type of conduct might involve collusive tendering, fraud in relation to applications for licenses or permits issued by government, or where a person fraudulently obtains or retains an appointment within a unit of public administration.”

“This change came after extensive consultation with stakeholders who asked for greater clarity in the definition of corruption."

The bill also increases the CCC’s investigatory powers, to investigate conduct liable to allow, encourage, or cause corrupt conduct.

“This change will enable the Commission to investigate and proactively address corruption risks.”

“The Palaszczuk Government has shown a commitment to the independence and integrity of the Crime and Corruption Commission, and to ensuring that, as a government, we live up to the highest standards of integrity,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“This government never takes for granted the important role of the Commission and all public sector bodies in the fight against corruption in Queensland.”


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